Roast Turkey Thighs for Two

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don’t want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

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My mom does this thing every Thanksgiving. If it’s not her year to host, she has a second Thanksgiving with just us kids because she likes to have lots of leftovers.

This works out really nicely because A) two Thanksgivings = double the awesome food and B) extra leftovers. So it’s pretty much a win/win.

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

So last year, instead of making a gigantic turkey like she usually does, she opted to make a smaller turkey and also roast up some turkey thighs.

This proved to be a brilliant move on her part. We are all down with the light meat (J actually prefers it) the majority of us prefer the dark meat.

Those turkey thighs were so flavorful and tender. We all went pretty crazy over them! It was a second-Thanksgiving win, if ever there was one.

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

And now here we are, the holidays are coming up fast (as every major store started reminding us in August!) and I started dreaming of those juicy turkey thighs all over again.

So naturally, I did what I always do, I recreated them. My mom gave me some basic information and I got to work.

A little less than an hour later, I was thrilled to open my oven to find a couple of the most juicy, tender turkey thighs ever. They had just the right amount of seasoning and the most crispy, crackly skin on top.

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a whole turkey. There’s something so thrilling and triumphant about pulling that perfectly browned bird from the oven and carving it up for your hungry, waiting family.

But a whole turkey isn’t always appropriate or necessary. For example, there’s the problem of laziness. Don’t look at me like that, you know you have your moments. Not everyone wants to deal with the hassle of a whole bird.

Additionally, a whole turkey may be too much food if you’re not cooking for a crowd (Blasphemy, I know- there’s never too much food!!). That’s why I called this Roast Turkey Thighs for Two (see what I did there?).

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

This is a simple recipe that uses minimal ingredients to produce maximum results. The flavor is amazing, the meat is seriously tender and the skin has a delightful crunch.

This is special enough to make and serve for a holiday but simple enough for your usual Sunday or weeknight dinner. You can whip it up in an hour and it’s very easy to put together as well. Don’t you just love recipes that use simple ingredients that everyone has on hand?

Here are some great side dishes and desserts to help round out this meal:

Nanou’s Garlic Green Beans

Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

Sauteed Mushrooms in a Wine Reduction

Quick and Easy Roasted Potatoes

Pumpkin Spiced Latte Cake

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Serves 1 turkey thigh

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

5 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • One onion, thinly sliced
  • Two turkey thighs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Poultry seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly drizzle a small amount of oil on the bottom of your pan.
  3. Spread sliced onions into a layer on the bottom of the pan. These serve as a "bed" to rest your turkey thighs on.
  4. Season your turkey thighs on each side with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning to taste (the poultry seasoning is strong so have a light hand with this).
  5. Cut each pat of butter into smaller cubes and place them on various spots all over the skin on each turkey thigh.
  6. Place the turkey thighs skin side up on top of the onions.
  7. Roast for 50 minutes-an hour until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  8. Remove them from the oven and let them rest in a foil tent for 10 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Holiday, Thanksgiving, Christmas | Recipe Type: Main, Dinner

Notes

You can always cook more turkey thighs if you're looking to serve more people. Plan to adjust the cooking time and ingredients accordingly.

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Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Dianna
    September 30, 2016 at 1:01 am This dish looks delicious. Since I'm only cooking for one, it is helpful to have a recipe geared for 2 people cuz it gives me leftovers, too! Thanks for posting.
    • Reply
      Jessy
      October 4, 2016 at 8:50 am Thanks, Dianna! Leftovers are never a bad thing :)
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    mL
    November 23, 2016 at 8:14 pm I am also on my own! :) I needed a recipe that told me the basics for these - 400F/30 mins/165F.... So now I am armed with the right tools. I am going to make this tomorrow for my own private T-day feast with my dogs, with some only slight variations to the recipe. Thanks, Jessy! Can't wait!
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      Jessy
      November 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm I'm glad to hear it- I hop you love them as I do. I'd start temping a bit early because each oven is different. Please let me know how they turn out and what variations you use- Happy Thanksgiving! :)
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    Rhonda
    July 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm Hi, your recipe sounds delish and I love that it uses ingredients I'd usually have on hand. Could you clarify the temp and cook time? 400 degrees for at least an hour sounds like they would be well beyond dry when I take them out. Thanks in advance :=)
    • Reply
      Jessy
      July 16, 2017 at 9:16 pm Thank you, Rhonda :) I'll tell you, if it were chicken thighs, I'd totally agree and likely have a shorter cooking time. The turkey thighs that are available in my area are much larger and which is why the recipe has a longer cooking time. Different stores carry different products (every bird is different too) and every oven is a little different as well- mine actually has a hot spot in the very back which requires me to turn my pan half way through cooking. With that in mind, if you're nervous, start temping it earlier and if it gets to 165 (or even a tad less) pull it and let it rest for a couple minutes and then enjoy. I hope you love them!
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    Lacey
    July 24, 2017 at 7:40 pm Made this dish tonight and it turned out perfectly! Delicious. Thanks for sharing it!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      July 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm I'm so glad you liked it :) Thanks for giving it a try!
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    vickie conner
    August 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm Getting ready to put in on my BBQ instead of the oven, and I am using a cast iron pan ....Can't wait and thanks for this recipe
    • Reply
      Jessy
      August 10, 2017 at 9:00 am Oh wow- Vickie, I think you may be a genius. This sounds amazing! Please let me know how they turn out!

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